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The Woman in the Window - A. J. Finn

Paperback Published: 15th January 2018
ISBN: 9780008234164
Number Of Pages: 448

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Get ready for the biggest thriller of 2018!

`Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing' – Gillian Flynn

`One of those rare books that really is unputdownable' – Stephen King

'Twisted to the power of max' – Val McDermid

`A dark, twisty confection' – Ruth Ware

What did she see?

It's been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.

Anna's lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?

Review By Sarah McDuling

There is a lot of hype surrounding this book at the moment. Having already claimed the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List, The Woman in the Window has established itself as the latest must-read thriller – the one everyone is talking about.

This book is fast-paced, tightly plotted and utterly riveting. A curious mixture of the new and the nostalgic, it’s a slick psychological thriller – yet also something of a homage to classic film noir and the golden age of crime fiction. It’s Gone Girl meets Hitchcock with a dash of Daphne du Maurier and a hint of Agatha Christie, which may sound like a bizarre combination of things but trust me when I say it really works!

Former child psychiatrist, Anna Fox, has been housebound for over 10 months. A terrible trauma has left her suffering from agoraphobia. She spends all her time locked away in her empty house with the blinds drawn, spying on her neighbours and drowning her troubles in wine and pills. Her marriage has broken down, her husband has left her and taken their young daughter with him. Anna is utterly alone.

When a new family moves in across the street, Anna begins watching them through the lens of her camera. Something strange is going on with the Russell family and pretty soon Anna finds herself in the centre of a mystery that carries all the hallmarks of a Hitchcock movie.

There is a murder with no murder victim. Two woman claiming the same identity. A sinister husband who may or may not be a killer and a troubled boy who is clearly keeping secrets. And throughout it all, Anna struggles to convince people (and herself) that she isn’t crazy. She knows what she saw and it wasn’t a dream or a hallucination… was it?

With a host of intriguing characters, a highly unreliable narrator and enough red herrings and shocking plot twists to keep even the most discerning reader in a state of constant uncertainty, this book is bound to appeal to fans of domestic noir thrillers like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. It is also full of apt film references – with particular attention to Hitchcock films like Rear Window, Dial M for Murder and Vertigo. Like all the very best thrillers, The Woman in the Window contains a great balance of deft foreshadowing and unforeseeable turns. Some readers may be able to see a few of the twists coming but the ultimate ending is bound to catch people by surprise. Overall, this is a riveting read and an incredibly impressive debut!

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I could not put it down

4

I am not into thrillers much but this was a real page turner and was full of twists. Some elements if the plot line I tried to guess and was totally surprised by. Really good read.

Melbourne

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Psychological thriller

4

Kept me guessing. A page turner, I didn't want to put the book down as there were so many twists and turns. However; also heartbreaking to be trapped inside someone suffering from such a great loss and mental health problems. The only downside is that there were a lot of cinematic references in the book that were lost on me. I'm sure classical film fans would only have their read enhanced further by this knowledge.

Sydney

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Suspenseful

4

This book was very interesting and very suspenseful. The ending was quite unexpected. Good page turner.

Dapto

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Brilliant psychological thriller

5

This book is a tour-de-force of a psychological thriller, and it will keep you guessing to the very end. "Unputdownable" is something of a cliche, but in this case well-deserved - I devoured it in a single day. The writing style has a real film-noir feel to it, which seems to reference the fact that the protagonist is a big fan of classic films. It also brought to life the daily struggles of someone with agoraphobia in a way that felt very real.

newcastle.nsw.au

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int. it was dragging. But overall SUPERB

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id read this book on and on

me

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Couldn't put it down

5

This was a great thriller and suspenseful to the end. Twists and turns and surprises all the way. Couldn't put it down. A page turner and a must read if you are a lover of suspense.

Central coast

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Definitely hard to put down

5

Very easy reading.

Port Macquarie

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Don't bother

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Very poor. Didn't even finish it!

Western Australia

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Amazing read... one of those books you can't put down!

5

A beautifully written book, full of imagery but also full of suspense and intrigue.

Sydney Australia

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Very informative for bookworms

5

Passed on to the person who gave me booktopia voucher

Victoria Australia

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The Woman in the Window

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`Astounding. Thrilling. Lovely and amazing' GILLIAN FLYNN

'Twisted to the power of max' VAL McDERMID

`A dark, twisty confection' RUTH WARE

`One of those rare books that really is unputdownable' STEPHEN KING

`A tremendous new talent' JANE HARPER

`Amazing. Riveting. Just plain fantastic!' TESS GERRITSEN

`Smart, heart-wrenching-and really scary' NICCI FRENCH

`An elegant, beautifully written thriller' JOANNA CANNON

`Dense, brilliant and unforgettable' JENNY COLGAN

`I barely drew breath until I turned the final page' LIZ NUGENT

`Tense, twisty and SO beautifully written' C.J. TUDOR

`I was blown away' JOE HILL

`Dripping with suspense. Creaking with menace. Beautifully written' SIMON TOYNE

ISBN: 9780008234164
ISBN-10: 0008234167
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 15th January 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.55